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John Otway

Screening & Live Performance

Live Music
Saturday 23rd Mar 15:00

3pm (start) Screening with Q&A (finish 5.30pm) - £6 (Limited availability)
7.30pm Live Performance - £12
Joint Screening & Performance ticket - £16 (Limited availability)

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John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona.

And we've got a whole day of him!!

Join us from 3pm for a screening of John's film 'Rock 'n' Roll Failure: Otway The Movie' followed by a Q&A finishing at 5.30pm.

Then from 7.30pm John will take to the stage for one of his trademark, high-energy, off the wall live shows.

Annexe The Moon + The High Rip + Nicola Hardman

Live Music
Saturday 30th Mar 19:30

The most notorious Liverpool gang of the 1890’s was The High Rip. Fast forward 120 years and it would seem little has changed. The 4 piece indie outfit pack an infectious punch of alt rock and post punk with a wry smile.

Raised and reared on the sunny norther shorelines of the Wirral Peninsula, Annexe the Moon have been creating and baking their particular brand of melodic Psych-Pop since early 2016.

April

A Confession from a Gay Catholic Compulsive Liar

Grin Theatre Presents

Theatre
Wednesday 3rd Apr 19:30 - 22:30

A Confession from a Gay Catholic Compulsive Liar – is a semi autobiographical piece written and performed by Andrew Sinclair. It tells his story so far and for once is nothing but truthful about his experience of finding and understanding his masculinity as a gay man. Directed by Wes Williams Artistic Director of Grin Theatre this piece will not leave an emotion untouched. There will also be poetry / spoken word performed by Melys Elisabeth.

Over 18's only. This production contains adult themes through out

An Evening with Neil Campbell and Friends

Live Music
Thursday 4th Apr 19:00 - 22:00

Campbell’s work was recently described by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson as “music of serious quality and distinction”. Classical Guitar Magazine has called him “an outstanding guitarist whose originality of thought makes him far more than just another gifted purveyor of finger acrobatics” and Sean Bradbury, GetIntoThis, said he was “a man whose fingers have the ability to harness any imaginable sound in any given style”.

The night will open with an energetic solo set, followed by a duo set for guitar and cello with cellist Nicole Collarbone. Then, ending the evening, the three-piece version of Neil’s latest group project, After the Flood Trio (with Marty Snape on acoustic guitar and Roger Gardiner on 8-string Overwater bass), will perform trio ‘chamber’ versions of music from the band’s recent eponymous 2018 album, along with new pieces never before heard.

Gerry Ffrench

support from Linda Campbell Band and King & Byrne.

Live Music
Friday 5th Apr 20:00 - 11:00

Liverpool Acoustic presents Gerry Ffrench, with support from Linda Campbell Band and King & Byrne.

Winner of Folk Northwest Magazine’s talent showcase at Costa del Folk Portugal in October 2017, Gerry is one of the finest singer songwriters working in the Northwest today. Her Liverpool-Irish roots have helped nurture a wonderful performer, writer and recording artist of rich contemporary folk music.

With their strong local flavour, Gerry’s own songs make many references to Liverpool’s maritime history while their style is firmly rooted in traditional folk and shanty. Now she is embarked on a mission to record and celebrate a way of life which has all but disappeared from Liverpool and every other major seaport.

What We Did Next

Musical Theatre Open Mic

Live Music
Saturday 6th Apr 19:30 - 11:30

What We Did Next return for another evening of Musical Theatre/Film Open Mic.

Johnny Dowd

Plus Support

Live Music
Thursday 18th Apr 19:30

Johnny Dowd is an American alternative country musician from Ithaca, New York. Typical of his style are experimental, noisy breaks in his songs and strong gothic (in the sense of dark and gloomy) elements in the lyrics as well as in the music. There is also a strong undercurrent of black humuor and the absurd in his work.

Although his early albums were most celebrated in the alternative country community, he has never quite fit into any particular genre. As a singer-songwriter, his music is most often compared to that of Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Captain Beefheart.

Johnny’s new album, “Family Picnic” will be released March 1, 2019. As Dowd says himself: “I had to dig pretty deep for this one. Not sure how many more tunes I have in me. Tick tock.

Danni Nicholls & Two Black Sheep

Heaven's Gate presentation

Live Music
Friday 19th Apr 20:00

Bob Harris favourite Danni Nicholls plus support from Liverpool's own Two Black Sheep.

With the wind in her sails from receiving consecutive Americana Music Association UK award nominations (2017 'UK Album of the Year’ for Mockingbird Lane and 2018 ‘ UK Artist of the Year’), singer-songwriter Danni Nicholls has been enjoying an incredible ride. From supporting the legendary Shakin' Stevens on his 28 date major UK tour to opening for the mighty Lucinda Williams and The Secret Sisters plus being invited to perform at prestigious events such as Folk Alliance International, Cambridge Folk Festival, Tonder Festival, Denmark and AmericanaFest in Nashville ... .2019 is set to be just as exciting. “I absolutely love the elegance and beauty of her music” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Danni is one of our favourites. She’s a dedicated, prolific creator, combining memorable melodies with thoughtful lyrics. Danni’s performances are captivating; her natural warmth making any stage her own.” David Pick, Founder & CEO Vintage TV

Tony Slattery is Unrehearsable

With Special Guest Helen Lederer

Comedy
Saturday 20th Apr 14:00 - 16:30

Tony continues his monthly residency at 81 Renshaw. This month he interviews his old friend Helen Lederer, actress and comedian who will be familiar to all from Absolutely Fabulous, Naked Video, Hollyoaks and many more. Come and watch the two strangest minds in comedy in conversation and improv!

Mutant Vinyl Debut Album Liverpool Launch

Support from Zen Baseballbat

Album Launch
Saturday 20th Apr 19:30

Celebrate the debut album from Mutant Vinyl - “Daffodils In Angell Town”. A fusion of electro-jazz and reggae is ably supported by the electro-ska vibes of Zen Baseball Bat

The Liquid Engineers

Pat Martin's Gary Numan Show plus support from Berlyn Trilogy

Live Music
Saturday 27th Apr 19:30 - 11:00

If you love the music of Gary Numan this is a show for you as we feature the best Electro Band on the circuit providing a full Tribute to the great man.

Pat Martin and the Liquid Engineers have built a fantastic reputation and are at 81 Renshaw for one night only.

The Show features all the hits and all the much-loved album tracks.

Support comes from Berlyn Trilogy a three-piece synth-pop act.

May

Stanley Brinks & Freschard

Sets from both artists

Live Music
Wednesday 8th May 19:30

Stanley Brinks Stanley started his musical career in as Andre Herman Dune in the trio 'Herman Düne'. He left in 2006 to concentrate on solo work and other collaborative projects. Since then he changed his name to Stanley Brinks and has released an enormous number of albums, most notably with Freschard and English rock band 'The Wave Pictures'.

Freschard Freschard grew up on a farm in French Burgundy. She started organising shows in the barn when she was about 12 years old. At 18 she moved to the big city, Paris, where she baked pies and cakes in a cafe. There, a local musician and regular customer called Andre Herman Dune (who would later change his name to Stanley Brinks) wrote a few songs for her to sing. She called her first E.P. 'Neon Orange'.

Thom Morecroft - Live in Liverpool

Support from The Southbound Attick Band & Caitlin Gillian

Live Music
Friday 10th May 19:30 - 23:00

The triple award-winning Thom Morecroft is putting on a gig at one of Liverpool's finest small venues this spring. He is joined by a full band, the cult-figure duo Southbound Attic Band and the incredible folk artist Caitlin Gilligan.

me and Deboe

plus Charlie McKeon + Esme Higgins + Jack Hatton

Live Music
Saturday 11th May 19:30

"Proving that an all female, dynamic duo can indeed create the most entrancing form of alternative rock..." The Music Manual.

Hailing from the Northwest, vibrant, award winning duo, ME And Deboe, play driving acoustic music that lives or dies on dexterous fingers and determined singing.

Mercy Elise, from Halifax West Yorkshire, met Liverpool born Sarah Deboe when the soloists were billed together for a night of live music in Chester.

The duo have been on a non- stop live tour, elevating energetic acoustic music across audiences on both a national and international stage. They have performed across Europe and America, establishing a firm place in a variety of diverse live music scenes.

Peter Case & Sid Griffin

81 Renshaw & Heaven's Gate Presentation

Live Music
Friday 17th May 19:30

The dynamic pairing of two Americana legends, Peter Case and Sid Griffin. The Grammy nominated Case first drew notice in rock groups The Nerves and The Plimsouls but since 1986 Case has been a solo singer-songwriter, usually appearing alone, with a dozen solo albums in his catalog. He has collaborated with a Who’s Who of USA notables including T-Bone Burnett, Van Dyke Parks, Roger McGuinn, Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, as well as David Hidalgo of Los Lobos.

Sid Griffin is known to British audiences from the Long Ryders and his frequent appearances on both BBC radio and TV as a pundit. Griffin has three solo albums out, the last being The Trick Is To Breathe, an album Uncut magazine named Americana Album of the Month, writing “…it is a high-water mark in a career which has always celebrated traditional American music with eloquence and boundless enthusiasm.

Chicken Shack

DJ Sets
Saturday 18th May 19:30 - 12:00

Chicken Shack is back for an evening of top notch vinyl spinning. Stan Evans (The Sink Soul Club), Lawrence Marsh (Rockin’ On The Wirral) and Andy Rowan (The Go-Go Cage!) bring you an evening of Rhythm & Blues, Early Soul, Rock & Roll, Bluebeat, Beat, Mod Jazz and related cool sounds. Get your dancing shoes polished and we’ll see you there!

The Singing Wren

Open Mic

Open Mic
Thursday 23rd May 19:30 - 23:00

P-W-Y-F

No tickets, just turn up!

The Singing Wren is back at 81 with a line up of some specially selected guests. Music, poetry, comedy or anything else is very welcome.

There will be: an electric piano, a Juno synthesizer, a left handed electro acoustic guitar, a right handed electric guitar and a right handed bass. You’d be welcome to use any of this gear or bring your own. Starts at 7.30pm we hope to see you there!

Orphan Colours

plus Hannah Rose Platt

Live Music
Friday 24th May 20:00

After the indefinite hiatus in 2013 of UK alt country outfit Ahab, song writer Steven Llewellyn went on to form his own band with the help of Ahab originator Dave Burn. Being firmly a part of the London country scene made it easy to get involved in collaborations with members of bands like Danny & The Champions of The World, who’s drummer Steve Brookes, already having toured heavily with Ahab, became a permanent member of Orphan Colours in 2014, along with long term bass player Graham Knight.

Llewellyn and Noah & The Whale guitarist Fred Abbott met whilst he was in the midst of auditioning lead singers for his solo project and the two found common ground in their appreciation of Tom Petty and Jason Isbell. When Abbott heard Llewellyn’s demo’s for the new Orphan Colours project he immediately signed up.

Their debut EP High Hopes was released Feb 26th 2016 with Won't Let You Down as the lead single. Their debut album followed in 2018 to great critical acclaim, being nominated for 'UK Album of the Year 2019' by AMAUK, losing out only to Ben Glover's superb album Shorebound.

"Get on board early before this group becomes Jools Holland's latest discovery and they go all 'arena' out of reach !" Maverick Mag "All On Red is an album that pulsates with a fierce energy" - AmericanaUK

Lizzie Nunnery

plus Vidar Norheim

Live Music
Saturday 25th May 19:30

Lizzie Nunnery & Vidar Norheim come to 81 Renshaw for the first time, presenting an intimate headline set of new songs and stories, alongside material from their acclaimed releases.

Lizzie Nunnery is a singer, musician and writer. She has played across the UK and Norway, and in 2012 performed at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Belfast Waterfront Hall with The Irish Sea Sessions. She is also an award-winning playwright. Her play with songs Narvik won Best New Play in the UK Theatre Awards 2017. Other recent work includes play with songs The Sum (Everyman, May-June 2017) and Horny Handed Tons of Soil (National Tour Spring 2018) a live poetry and music piece inspired by The Mersey Sound anthology.

Vidar Norheim is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer from Norway, now based in Liverpool. His debut EP Blind Carbon Copy was released in 2015 in the UK, Japan and Norway. Vidar has toured worldwide as a member of Liverpool’s alt pop unit Wave Machines with highlights including Glastonbury, SXSW and BBC Electric Proms.

Vic & Bob Special

Screening

Screening
Wednesday 29th May 19:30

After numerous SOLD OUT screenings, Yeah Buddy DIY & Liverpool Noise bring you another cult TV show screening. The Best of Vic and Bob, as voted for by you. We are so excited for this. This is going to be our crowning moment. We will go out and find all of the Vic and Bob material possible, throw it in the mixer and let you choose the best. We're talking: Shooting Stars, The Smell of..., Bang Bang..., Catterick, Big Night Out and more. How exciting. You will get to choose the 6 best (or weirdest) episodes to screen on the night. THERE WILL ALSO BE A QUIZ! And the lucky winner will take home some cool themed prizes!

What We Did Next

Musical Theatre/Film Open Mic

Open Mic
Friday 31st May 19:30

What We Did Next return for another evening of Musical Theatre/Film Open Mic.

June

Avi Buffalo

Live Music
Friday 7th Jun 19:30

After last year's sell out gig, Avi Buffalo is back at 81 Renshaw. Expect some west-coast psychedelic indie-pop from the former Sup-Pop man. While his Millikan High School classmates were preoccupied with quaint and youthful pursuits, Avi Buffalo was busy making an off-kilter pop gem that eventually bowled over NME, The AV Club, Pitchfork, the BBC, and numerous other outlets on both sides of the Atlantic whose tastes are respected by the general public. Like a lot of kids his age, Avi celebrated the end of high school in Europe, but instead of visiting the Louvre and Buckingham Palace, his overseas journeys took him to the festival stages of Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, the Pavement-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead, and beyond.

Eugine Chadbourne

Live Music
Thursday 13th Jun 19:30

'There are no bridges in folk songs because the peasants died building them' Eugene Chadbourne Eugene is a complete one-off. Like really has to be seen to be believed. On his compulsive own, Eugene Chadbourne (previously the guitarist and leader of Shockabilly) has spewed forth a ceaseless stream of records and cassettes (the latter on his own Parachute label) that easily represent the oddest version of country and folk music ever. While the notable left-winger's guitar playing is looser than clams, it harbours wildly unique energy. He also plays the electric rake. The North Carolinian is the master of several different voices, some of them deceptively sincere. Harsh, funny, irritating and packed with ideas, Chadbourne often suggests a politically correct Frank Zappa. For fans of: Daniel Johnston, Captain Beefheart, Richard Dawson, Frank Zappa & Anything Weird and Wonderful.